Nasir   Memon

Nasir Memon

Professor and Department Chair

Computer Science and Engineering


Nasir Memon is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and director of the Information Systems and Internet Security (ISIS) laboratory at NYU-Poly. His research interests include digital forensics, data compression, and multimedia computing and security.  

Memon earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science in Mathematics from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) in Pilani, India in 1981. He received a Master of Science in Computer Science and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska in 1989 and 1992, respectively.  

He has published over 250 articles in journals and conference proceedings and holds more than a dozen patents in image compression and security. He has won several awards including the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award and the Jacobs Excellence in Education Award from NYU-Poly. He has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on research and education grants exceeding $15 million. 

He has appeared on NBC Nightly News as an expert on steganography and his research has been featured in The New York Times, MIT Review, Wired.Com, and New Science Magazine.  

He is currently the editor-in-chief of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineer’s (IEEE) Transactions on Information Security and Forensics ad on the editorial board of  IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine. Memon is the co-founder of Digital Assembly and Vivic Networks, two early-stage start-ups in NYU-Poly's business incubators.

He is n IEEE fellow and a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society for the years 2011-12. 



University of Nebraska, Class of 1992

Ph. D., Computer Science

Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Class of 1982

Master of Science, Mathematics

Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Class of 1982

Bachelor of Engineering, Chemical Engineering


Polytechnic Institute of NYU


From: August 1998 to present

Northern Illinois University

Assistant Professor

From: July 1994 to June 1998

Arkansas State University

Assistant Professor

From: July 1992 to August 1994


Context-based, Adaptive, Lossless Image Codec. , (US Patent 5,903,676)

Coder matched layer separation for compression of compound docum, (US Patent 7,150,003)

Awards + Distinctions

  • Jacobs Excellence in Education Award. Polytechnic University, 2002.
  • ISO/IEC Certificate of Appreciation. International Standards Organization, 2002. For Contributions to the JPEG-LS standard.

Research Interests

  • Data Compression
  • Image and Video Processing 
  • Digital Forensics
  • Computer and Network Security
  • Multimedia Computing and Security.


A Hardware/Compiler Co-Design Approach to Software Protection, (Co-Principle Investigator)

NSF, Septem- ber 2003 - 2006

ForNet: A Distributed Network Forensics System, (Principle Investigator)

NSF, Sept 2004 - 2007

Audio Steganalysis Techniques, (Principle Investigator)

Air Force Research Laboratories, Sept 2003 - 2005.

Graphical passwords: design, analysis and human factors, (Co-Principle Investigator)

NSF, Sept 2003 - 2005

Hardware Based Intrusion Detector, (Principle Investigator)

NSA/DoD, Sept 2002 - 2003

Source Camera Identification, (Principle Investigator)

National Institute of Justice, Sep 05 - 07

Software Watermarking, (Principle Investigator)

Panasonic Information Technology Lab, May 2000 - March 2002

Video Delivery Over Wireless Channels, (Principle Investigator)

Mitsubishi Research, May 2002 - 2005

Steganalysis of Digital Watermarking Techniques, (Principle Investigator)

Air Force office of Scientific Research, March 2001 - 2003

An Algorithmic Study of Optimal Multi-resolution, (Co-Principle Investigator)

NSF, June 2002 - 2005

Capacity Building Project in Info Assurance Education, (Co-Principle Investigator)

NSF, June 2002 - 2004

Steganalysis Techniques For Images And Audio, (Principle Investigator)

NSF, July 2002 - 2005

Video Summarization, (Principle Investigator)

Mitsubishi Research, Jan 2001 - 2003

An Optimized Proxy-Based Architecture for Wireless Web Access, (Principle Investigator)

April 2001 - April 2002, April 2001 - April 2002

Computing with Untrusted Code, (Co-Principle Investigator)

NSA/DoD, Sept 2002 - 2003

Image Forensics, (Principle Investigator)

AFOSR, Feb 2005- Jan 2007